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Top U.S. Republicans back Syria strike as refugee crisis mounts

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama won the backing of two top Republicans in Congress in his call for limited U.S. strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Microsoft swallows Nokia’s handset business for $7.2 billion

(Reuters) – Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft’s Windows Phone software, Nokia collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant on Tuesday, agreeing to sell its main handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion).

US manufacturing expands at fastest rate since July 2011

US manufacturing expanded in August at the fastest pace since June 2011, according to a closely watched poll of the sector.

Diana Nyad ‘through with the ocean’ after Cuba-Florida swim

Diana Nyad, who this week swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, has vowed to raise money for charity with endurance swims in a pool, saying: “I am through with the ocean.”

San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge opens to traffic after years of delays

The new, $6.4bn eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge has been opened to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns, carrying its first drivers across the bay late Monday night just hours before the beginning of the work week.

California Rim Fire now 60% contained but full control may be weeks away

Firefighters in California gained ground on Monday against a massive wildfire burning part of Yosemite National Park, although complete containment may be weeks away, officials said.

Climate change likely to steer away Sandy-like superstorms, study says

A recurrence of Superstorm Sandy – which barrelled head-on into the Atlantic coast, swamping New York City and large parts of New Jersey – is less likely under climate change, new research suggests.

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